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My Gram was born in Hastings in the 1880’s, moved to London as a young wife, then brought her two young daughters to California after losing her husband in WWI. We always had proper English tea at holiday dinners, but I didn’t much care for it. To entice me, Gram used to call to my attention the bubbles in my cup. “Ooooo-o-o-o—loook, you’re going to have lots of money coming your way….” I still didn’t like tea, much to Gram’s chagrin. But I do have Gram’s biscuit tin. I use it every Christmas when I load it up with homemade cookies—err, biscuits.
|Nicey replies: Hello Sue,
We have a special icon for tea bubbles and their associated wealth, and one for biscuit tins too. I think it's lovely that your Gram's old biscuit tin gets an outing at Christmas time.
As for Hastings I seem to remember from my trip there as a child that it has very tall wooden sheds covered in tar, which were something to do with fishing.
Iced Gems Review
I've been a long and avid fan of the site (good work my friends!) however, for the very first time I've been compelled to write. I've just come across the 'Superstions' section and am somewhat bemused by the history surrounding bubbles in tea. There seems to be lots of stories related to a possible income of cash when bubbles appear in tea. Not here in Oxford, I'm afraid. My Mum, and Nans (on both sides) all announced when making a fine cup of tea, should a bubble appear it was a 'kiss'. I have carried on this tradition and on my regular tea runs at work if a bubble or a two appears I always place it in front of the recipient and announce 'Your tea has kisses, as it was made with love'. I like to think of this as a less greedy and more caring suggestion to the bubbles mythology.
In addition the lady I sit next to at work causes an abomination every day by loudly 'crunching' her packets of Iced Gems. It hurts my very soul to even type their name, surely they are the ultimate so-called biscuit of evil.
keep up the tremendous work
kind regards and dunkages of joy
|Nicey replies: I wonder if the size of the bubbles has any bearing on the amount of money or the degree to which you are going to get kissed. Occasionally you get a really big one with lots of tiny ones round the edge you see.|
||I think I may have hallucinated a tea room. After three days holiday recently in the mountains south of Brecon, where tea rooms seem to be very few and far between, I was desperate for a cream tea. Anyway I found myself slightly lost somewhere south of Talybont on Usk, having missed my turning but carrying on in a spirit of enquiry, as you do, and I came across a tea room tucked away in the countryside. And this was a proper tea room, mind, serving home-made scones and bara brith, loose leaf tea in pots, with nice bone china cups.|
It was only afterwards that it occurred to me that it was too spookily perfect to be real. Had I stumbled across a fairy tea room that only appears once every seven years, or maybe it was a tea room of requirement that only appears to people desperate for a cream tea and a sit down. I wondered if anyone else may have encountered it in other parts of the world?
|Nicey replies: Yes I have some old reconnaissance photos of that area
We had a tea tour there some years back now and came across a tea place not far from CrickHowell in the village of Llangenny but this is east of Tal-y-bont so maybe the enchanted tea room is prone to manifesting itself in different locations.
Ginger Nut Review
Reading about the "break a gingernut into 3 and get a wish" story, I thought it would be worth setting up a trial. Having bought a double pack on Monday, I was confident of sufficient supplies to make a statistically valid sample. I have just made some tea and gone to open the biscuit tin. Empty!
So, the answer is, I have made a wish, and the wish is: "I wish I had some gingernuts", even pre broken.
Ben Harding, Dover
||Hi again Nicey etc.,|
Just put another cuppa on and saw the tea money. By gran (the pink wafer one) from Falkland in Fife, Scotland, has always told us about the money in tea. She'll say 'oooohhhh thanks Tamara, you've stirred me up some money" (remember to do this with an east coast scottish accent with 30 years of Australian thrown in...)